Brazil FIFA 2014 World Cup Team Guide

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Brazil FIFA 2014 World Cup Team Guide
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Brazil will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup this summer for the second time in their history, with pressure falling upon Luiz Felipe Scolari and his 23-man squad to banish the ghosts of their 1950 failure.

The Selecao are widely tipped to claim the title on home soil following their success in the warm-up competition that is the Confederations Cup last summer. This time around, though, the opposition is greater in both quality and quantity.

Big Phil won Brazil their last world title 12 years ago and is more aware than anybody of the challenges that lie ahead. He can only do so much, with the players also needing to show their worth when the pressure really begins to mount.

Much attention is already turning to rising passions around the country as the event nears, and last summer, Brazil were able to harness that tension to their benefit. Doing so once again could be key to their chances of success.

A sixth world title, though, is seen by many as the absolute minimum expectation.

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